The Wii is Seeing Stars!
Let me start by saying that Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console service is one of the most important things to happen to gaming in recent years. Having an official service dedicated to digital copies of classic games is nothing short of spectacular. Sure, XBLA and PSN have downloadable games as well, but the selection is nothing compared to what Nintendo’s service provides. The current sad state of said Virtual Console is something I’ll touch on later, because for now I have some good news.
It’s no secret that there are a few glaring omissions to the library available on VC. Earthbound, Star Fox, Yoshi’s Island, the list goes on. One such omission I’ve always understood though was the SNES classic Super Mario All-Stars. For those uninitiated, Super Mario All-Stars was a game for the SNES that contained updated versions of all the original Super Mario Bros. games. It’s one of the most brilliant cartridges ever put together and Nintendo has rarely done anything like it since. Instead, they used the ports they made for this game and split them up as different releases for the Game Boy Advance. Years later Nintendo begins the Virtual Console Service for Wii, which lets you download classic games for a few bucks each and all the original Super Mario Bros. games are available that way. Why put All-Stars there for the price of 1 SNES game ($8) when you can sell the 4 separately ($5 each)? Like I said, it makes sense. It just sucks that something so awesome was seemingly lost in time.
As it turns out, it’s not lost. It was just waiting. Nintendo of Japan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. by releasing a Wii disc version of Super Mario All-Stars. What exactly it will entail is still uncertain, but one thing for certain is that this is very good news.
Video game history is a subject that we have a unique opportunity with here. The medium isn’t very old and that means that all of it, from its very beginning, can be preserved so long as the companies that hold the rights allow it. There are films and paintings that will be forever lost in time because by the time they became thought of as important enough to save, they were already lost. Video games have the luxury to avoid that fate and any time a game that seemed like it was going to be lost in time finds a way to live on I see it as something to celebrate. There’s still a ton of work to do, but score one for the good guys here. Thanks for giving back Nintendo. Now announce that this will be coming to the US next year for our anniversary!
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